Siphe’s Top Surgery

Update posted by Siphesihle Magudulela On Jul 02, 2017

As I approach the end of my gofundme campaign and the 10 month mark in my transition, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who has been on this journey with me.

When I launched this campaign I did not have any expectations. I understood what a big ask this was and know that for many people in my life I'm the only trans person they know. I know for some of you reading this, it has been difficult. Not because you are trans antagonistic but because you have had to unlearn/ learn about my transness and any endeavour where one has to extend themselves is inherently difficult. For this, I thank you all. I know you are doing a great deal of work to support me and I appreciate every effort.

My funding campaign is coming to an end in a few days and I am incredibly thankful for every cent you have donated over the past 4 months. It is unbelievable that in the short course of this campaign you have all donated over R20 000 ($1700) to help me realize my dream of getting top surgery this year. This is far more than I could have imagined and it has been possible thanks to your phenomenal generosity and kindness. Even to those of you who have been unable to assist financially your support, affirming words and resources are equally appreciated. Thank you all for you support. You have made a tremendous difference to my life.

What happens next?

Over the next few months I shall meet with surgeons to figure out the nitty gritty of getting surgery this year and how to pay off the difference. This may take some time but I'm super optimistic.

The goal is still to be shirtless by December 2017 so lookout for my shirtless selfies. This may depend more on how much I hit the gym but that's a post for another day ;)

Thank you all again!

Cheers,

Siphe

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Update posted by Siphesihle Magudulela On Mar 28, 2017

So it's been just over 2 weeks since we launched and we've raised 40% of our goal including offline donations. Again I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey and donated or shared my story!

As a result of all your support I have been invited to an interview on Radio2000 today at 16:20. I will be chatting about being trans in South Africa, some of the barriers I experience, my transition thus far and my journey to top surgery.

It is such a privilege to be given this platform to share my story with so many others. So, please tune in. It is a short 10 minute interview and your support is so so appreciated.

Hope you can all tune!

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Update posted by Siphesihle Magudulela On Mar 13, 2017

We're over a third of the way to my fundraising goal in just over 24 hours! I cannot thank everyone who has reached out to me, wished me a happy birthday, shared my campaign and donated to helping me reach my goal. Every single donation and share truly makes a phenomenal difference. The support and kindness from family, friends and strangers I have never met is so heartwarming. I never believed I could experience so much support and have such a phenomenal birthday. Thank you all immensely from the depths of my heart.

As today is also my six month mark on testosterone here is a visual representation of my transition thus far. The top left hand picture was taken in June 2016 prior to starting my transition. The bottom left frame is me after 3 months on hormone replacement therapy and the final frame is me today at 22 years old (or 6 months old depending on how you count it). Though my physical changes may not be too visible it truly has been a whirlwind of a journey. At certain points I didn't think I'd make here. I didn't think I'd ever find trans men to befriend, or that I'd start hormones and be supported in my journey. I didn't know if I'd ever get to the point of even considering surgery but here I am at 22 finally becoming the (feminist) man I always felt I was. At certain points over the last few months I have felt frustrated with my transition- the erratic moods, the pace of physical changes etc and felt like I wasn't moving. Looking at pictures of my previous self has made me realize just how far I have come and it feels great.

I have so much farther to go in but with your support I know the future is bright. Thank you all again! We are almost there.

Please keep sharing when and where you can. Everything you have done is so so appreciated. Much love!

Siphe

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Daniel Derbyshire

Backed with $20.00 On Jul 04, 2017

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You go Siphe! Watched our Jagger House play dvd last night and you were great as always. Goodluck on your journey X

Liné Koen

Backed with $20.00 On Jul 03, 2017

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Brooke Leaf-Wright

Backed with $10.00 On Jul 02, 2017

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Hi Siphe, It's an honor to know someone as brave, determined and hardworking as you. Thank you for educating me and for sharing your story. I wish you happiness and health and success in all that you do. Lots of love xxx

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Jarren Coates

Backed with $300.00 On Jul 02, 2017

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Jarren Coates

Backed with $200.00 On Jun 30, 2017

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A bit late, but I am nevertheless so proud of you. x

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